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# 251261 15-Jun-2019 21:12
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Hi all,


Iv'e just purchased a Panasonic 4k smart Tv and want to use my old sky dish for Freeview satellite.


As always according to the manual i just need to connect my Sky dish to the TV hit the auto tune option and it will do it automatically and everything will work.


The first hurdle is that my sky dish has 2 cables, one marked left and the other right. Which one do i use?


Also do I use Opus 1 or 2 and do I select Wellington or Manawatu for the region. I am not that tech savvy myself but my son is and we couldn't work out the correct settings and had no signal at all.


Can anybody out there help?


Thanks Paul.

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  # 2258911 15-Jun-2019 21:34
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The satellite name won't mean a lot. As the dish is fixed and pointing at 1 spot in the sky already so will only get what is in view to it despite picking names from a list


That is often just a set of saved known transponder details but a scan will over-ride them.


May be a dual-throat head, and been done for 2 room setup, either will likely go.


The important details are the LNB settings, be it 10750 or 11300 (more likely the earlier) and tone/ diseqc setting. 


If it requires transponder details to scan, you can find em here (12456, 12483)

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  # 2258925 15-Jun-2019 22:22
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Are you unable to get FreeviewHD? Understand you might be using the tv for Netflix etc but you'll get up to a 1080p Freeview signal via aerial and a much worse signal (576p?) via satellite. The picture is much better on our tv accessing FreeviewHD rather than the one at the bach using satellite.


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  # 2258938 15-Jun-2019 23:05
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Satellite is SD far better off getting HD transmission

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  # 2258945 16-Jun-2019 00:49
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My Sky dish has two aerial leads.  It is standard practice now for a Sky dish to have two throats, so it can provide two signals, one for the main Sky box and one for another room if you pay them for that.  They should both have the same signal so just pick one and try it.  And if it does not work, try the other in case that one was faulty.


If your TV is asking you for region settings between Manawatu and Wellington, it is likely that you are on the wrong settings and are trying to tune it for Freeview-HD DVB-T (terrestrial) rather than DVB-S satellite.  For satellite settings it should be asking you for the LNB's local oscillator frequency.  The most common one is 11750, but old dishes can be 11300.  If it asks for two local oscillator frequencies and a switching frequency, set both local the low and high oscillator frequencies to the same value and set the switching frequency to the largest number the input field will take (all 9s usually works).  You do not want the local oscillator to be switched to the high frequency as Sky dishes do not have the hardware for the high frequency installed, so if it switches to that non-existent hardware, you will lose all incoming signal.  That should be enough to get it to scan, but if you need the manual settings, here they are:


DVB-S (not DVB-S2)


Polarisation: Horizontal


Symbol rate: 22500


FEC: 3/4


There are three transponder frequencies for the Freeview satellite service.  Two (12456 MHz and 12483 MHz) are broadcast by Freeview, and the other (12519 MHz) is broadcast by Sky and has the Freeview channels provided by Sky (such as Prime).  Sky uses those channels on their Sky boxes also, but broadcasts them unencrypted for Freeview to use as part of a deal that allows them to use the signals from the Freeview transponders.

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  # 2259012 16-Jun-2019 08:41
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  The most common one is 11750, but old dishes can be 11300. 



The most common one is 10750.

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  # 2259016 16-Jun-2019 09:05
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Hi Paul, what part of the coast are you on, most of it has UHF coverage from Ngarara, otherwise you are on Sat if you are up in the hills in a valley.



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